“This is the third in the series of youth fiction. the drama continues and it becomes a little more clear how events are lining up with biblical prophecy. One of the characters talks about his reading the Bible, believing in Jesus and becoming a Christian. It seems the leader of the American Union is causing a drought and Logan comes to the rescue. Also, there is a plague that is running among the Marked. There were a couple of times when rescue appeared out of the blue (with the horses, for example). Uniquely, characters in this book read the first one, Swipe, and the author makes a cameo appearance.”Joan N wrote this review Monday, June 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Ok, so I am so hooked on this series I cannot wait for the next one. Somehow, I thought that it was a trilogy and Storm would wrap it all up, but instead Angler ramped up the story and increased the suspense. Absolutely do not read this book out of order, you must read Swipe and Sneak first. While this book is based on Christian themes, there is absolutely no preaching because it is set so far in the future that religion has been deemed divisive and thus not allowed. Though the reading level of this book is 8-11 year olds, it is definitely geared more toward the understanding of teens. Most 8-10 year olds would not understand the under currents in the themes that run through the books. I recommend this to all YA readers looking for exciting books that portray a struggle of good against evil, but many older readers will enjoy them, too.
“This is the 3rd installment of The Swipe Series. The Dust are kind of spread out in this story. Some are left in Beacon to try and find and rescue Eddie(their antics to get the IMPS out are pretty entertaining). Some are looking for a cure for Erin who has the Trumpet disease. They go to the doctor that invented the disease, but find that it is not the original disease that she created. Soon many more Marked will come down with Trumpet and with no known cure many will perish. Logan and Hailey are off on a mission by themselves. It hasn't rained on America for months. It looks like someone has sabotaged the seeding plant and Logan and Hailey are determined to prevent the final sabotage. Meanwhile Cylis and General Lamson begin to distrust each other and plan out their own strategies to become the only leader of one united country.
I really enjoyed the first two books in The Swipe Series. I have to confess that this 3rd installment lacked something that kept me from thoroughly enjoying it. I don't know if there were too many stories involved that kept some sort of cohesiveness from happening in the story or if I was distracted while reading the story(which is entirely possible) and therefore was easily lost while reading. One of the complaints I had in the first two books was that these are marketed as Christian books but yet nothing led me to believe that they were except for the "clean-ness" of them. Storm brought out a bit more "religion" in that Logan is carrying around a Bible that someone gave him in one of the former books. He prays in Storm, but to whom or what we are not told. God is never mentioned and Cylis's name is used as a curse word as people are in the habit of using "god" as a curse word now. Will I read the next book to come out in The Swipe series? YES! I need to find out what happens to Logan and to find out what the author is doing by putting himself into the story. I can't decide whether that is genius or annoying! ”
“A review copy was provided for an honest review. Storm is another great read in the Swipe series. I had thought this would be the last but I was happily surprised to find out that there will be more—after that ending the next is sure to be interesting! While I enjoyed Storm, Sneak is still my favorite novel of all the books so far. I liked the deepening of each character and the race against stopping the figurative and literal oncoming storm. It doesn't let up on the action as it moves forward, and there are plenty of plot twists that can attest to it. Things couldn't look more grim and yet somehow they are, and every time a problem is solved a newer even bigger one is created. Again, I loved seeing all the old faces and the additional viewpoint of new characters - especially Lily's. There is a huge amount of deception going on which was fun to see play out since Logan is already so mistrustful. This entire series takes a lot of thought-provoking ideas and transforms it into a realistic (although futuristic) way of life and how it would be if the Mark were brought into effect. Storm takes a bigger look at its government where two leaders rule: Chancellor Cylis and Lamson - both who believe they are doing what's best for the world but the people are uprising. It's a totally unique and captivating story where teenagers have started a war and they are all fighting for the same thing—freedom. Logan is inspiring and inciting a revolution and in doing so he's bringing down all the walls of the government and they are taking even more extreme measures to ensure their way of life remains including controlling the weather and bring about storms. Nothing is as it seems as you dig deeper and deeper into the story and that's what makes it worth reading.
With the mark you're given the rights of being a citizen but without it you're left in the dust to die. As a result of being Marked the government has unleashed a virus into their own systems—a deadly biological weapon meant to stop the Markless. The only problem is that instead of stopping them and becoming immune themselves they're the ones dying. Under a one world government society is finally realizing it's not peace the leaders are after—it's power. Logan Langly and his friends are searching for the cure to deadly epidemic that's killing those who are Marked. All while trying to stop Chancellor Cylis' army in hopes to win their freedom once and for all.
Storm had a lot of character building and plot advancement going on which was cool. Although it felt like a filler novel that seems to be working toward a larger picture it's still a fantastic installment. It's a reading journey worth taking as Storm continues the struggle between the government and it's people. Everyone trying to reach the same goal but by using different methods—good and bad. I'm already wishing the next book was written and released because I can't wait for it. This is an epic middle-grade read with a story that makes a lot of great points as well as effectively entertaining you. Mature young-adults will surely love this series!”
“Logan and the group keep fighting for truth and what is right, for the protection and safety of those not marked in the government. Many conspiracies are happening in this book and many people and stories are mixed in. There is one new character and story that was added that I wish had been introduced and followed from the first book. This book was pretty well told but I also felt there were too many summaries which made it a little slow and some of the characters acted in such a way that I didn't find believable. For being the final book in the series, I don't like it is over. Perhaps that is because I prefer happier endings than I felt this one had and it all came together a little too close to the end. But it is also a dystopia so I probably can only expect so happy an ending. If you have read Swipe and Sneak, you will want to know how it all comes together. I personally hope the story goes one, if not in this series, than a spin off one.
“Having enjoyed the first two books in the Swipe series, Swipe and Sneak, I was excited to continue the story with Storm and I think I liked this one the best! It seems as the series continues, the books keep getting better (at least to me).
I was surprised by some things in Storm and there is one thing I especially loved - it was so interesting and added a nice twist to this series and Evan Angler. :)
As with the first two books, Storm was very believable. The ending was intriguing and definitely makes me want to read the next book, Spark (set to release November, 2013).
If you enjoy middle grade dystopian novels with some apocalyptic elements, I definitely think you'll like Storm. I highly recommend that you read Swipe and Sneak first, though.
*I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*”
“MS Grades 5-8 Rating 4
Pre-Publication copy reviewed
Evan Angler returns with his third book in his dystopian series for middle school readers.
Set in the future, everyone over the age of thirteen gets “the Mark” except for those who are fighting back like Logan Langly and his friends, the Dust. Logan tries rescuing his sister Lily, only to find she is part of the government’s military force.
In Storm, a deadly epidemic is spreading throughout the Marked, and the weather is becoming less stable, creating a major drought. While the Dust race to find a cure for this bioengineered disease, there are other problems. Some of their friends are captured and brainwashed. Who can they trust when friends become foes and no ones knows who is really on their side? What about the “book” that knows all about their earlier adventures and warns of impending doom? What happens when sabotage is prevented but its prevention causes greater problems?
Angler builds a future world that is not too dark for his readers yet it will cause them to think. The technology, weather spinning out of control, biotechnology and growing government control contribute to the realistic possibilities. Though published by Zondervan, this series has a very subtle faith element. There are allusions to biblical truth. Some could think “the Mark” as being the “Mark of the Beast” mentioned in the Book of Revelations but it is unclear if this is the author’s intention.
The book’s ending is weak, perhaps because the next book, Spark, is coming out in November 2013. The series is a good alternative to the Hunger Games, and suitable for younger readers. Older teens will also enjoy it.
Carol R. Gehringer